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Does Coconut Oil Prevent Hair Loss? 5 Benefits for Your Hair

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Everyone loses some hair – it’s normal – but for others, it is a bigger problem than they realize. According to The Hair Society, 40% of men suffer from hair loss after hitting 35 years old.

And 80% of women will experience some form of hair loss by the time they reach 60. To restore their hair, these men and women usually have to rely on professional hair restoration procedures.

However, there is an arguably better choice which can help you to some extent – it is coconut oil. This means you can forgo the expensive procedures and save a bundle in the process.

So, What is Hair Loss?

man looking at the mirror with hair falling

Most common reasons for hair loss:

  • Genetics and aging;
  • Hormonal changes, such as puberty, menopause and pregnancy;
  • Illness and health conditions, such as anemia, syphilis and thyroid disease;
  • Psychological factors, such as emotional trauma and stress;
  • Dietary factors, such as protein deficiency or ketogenic diet;
  • Fungal and bacterial infections on the scalp;
  • Drugs;
  • Rapid weight loss;
  • Skin conditions, such as seborrheic dermatitis.

As mentioned earlier, there are several types of hair loss as well. Some of them are permanent while others are temporary. Below, we list some of the common types found in men and women:

Androgenic alopecia: This is permanent hair loss that happens on the scalp. The result is that the person starts balding (thinning of hair on the crown and a receding hairline) until the hair in those areas is gone. It is common in men, which is why it is usually referred to as male pattern baldness, but it also happens in women.

Alopecia areata: This type of hair loss happens when the body’s immune system starts targeting the hair follicles. The hair loss manifests itself in the form of circular bald patches. These patches grow anywhere on the scalp and can even overlap.

Anagen effluvium (active growth phase): Hair has a growth cycle, and the first one is known as anagen, where hair grows half an inch after every 28 days. Anagen Effluvium happens in this phase.

Telogen effluvium (resting phase): This is the last phase in the hair growth cycle (it has three phases), where the hair stops growing and falls out. It is at this stage that this type of hair loss occurs, but, luckily, it is reversible.

Traction alopecia: This is when hair falls out because the follicles have been damaged by too much pulling over a period of time. The most common cause of this hair loss is putting on braids that have been wound too tight.

What is Coconut Oil?

coconut oil bottle illustration

Now we turn our attention to the main star of the article, which is coconut oil. It is oil that is extracted from the meat or flesh of a coconut. It is edible, meaning it is used in a variety of cooking applications. On top of that, coconut oil has been found to promote healthy skin and even help with weight loss. (1)

This means that even though prevention of hair loss is not your goal, you can use coconut oil for other things as well.

Benefits Coconut Oil Provides to Hair

According to 2003 study, coconut hair has the power to prevent protein hair loss by about 39%. Hair needs protein to grow, and when we don’t consume enough of it, our body will cut its supply to the non-essential parts, even though they need the nutrient. Unfortunately, the body has no issues cutting protein supply to the hair follicles. (2)

The result? Hair becomes dry and brittle, making it extremely susceptible to damage. So, by reducing protein hair loss, coconut oil can prevent your hair from falling out when you comb it or put on some braids.

Other than that, coconut oil also has the following benefits:

Protects hair. With its ability to penetrate the hair shaft, it protects the hair from environmental pollutants and damage from excessive heat.

Moisturizes the hair. Sebum is a natural oil produced by the skin, and coconut oil has the ability to mimic it. One of the jobs of sebum is to prevent the skin from becoming dry. On top of that, it moisturizes hair, preventing it from becoming dry and brittle.

Promotes blood circulation in the scalp. For hair to grow and be healthy, the scalp’s blood circulation needs to be optimal, and massaging it with coconut oil can help. By improving blood circulation to the scalp, the hair follicles receive the nutrients they need to grow and that can highly leverage your falling hair as increased blood circulation in scalp helps you to prevent hair miniaturization. Beneficial nutrients which you get from using coconut oil include iron, vitamin K and vitamin E which are known to be critical to maintain healthy hair.

Anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Fungus and bacteria are well-known hair growth inhibitors and coconut oil protects you from them. Their power to inhibit hair growth comes from their ability to prevent the needed hair growth nutrients from reaching the follicles.

Antioxidant-rich. Promoting healthy hair is key to preventing hair loss, and coconut oil is packed full of antioxidants that do this.

How to Use Coconut Oil?

woman rubbing coconut oil into her hair

Here are the steps we recommend you to take for using coconut oil for hair loss:

  • Start by washing your hair with your choice of shampoo (skip the conditioner);
  • If your coconut oil has dried up, heat it in a bowl to make it soft;
  • Gently massage your scalp with the coconut oil, making sure you apply it on the roots as well. Massage it on for about three minutes, ensuring that the entire scalp has been covered;
  • Place a shower cap on your head, covering the oiled hair, and leave it on for 30-45 minutes. If you prefer, you can even leave it on all night, giving the oil more time to work its magic;
  • Wash it off with shampoo;
  • Repeat the treatment every time you wash your hair, which should be once or twice a week (twice is preferable).

Conclusion

Hair is important, and when you start losing it, it can hit your self-esteem and confidence pretty hard. The sad part is that most people don’t know that the hair loss they are suffering from is preventable.

And those that do know this, spend hundreds of their hard-earned money on hair restoration services. Instead, we firstly advise trying affordable, yet effective alternatives such as coconut oil which can significantly improve the severeness of your hair loss.

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